Longtime Orchard Street Laundromat Felled by Rent Hike
A longtime laundromat on lower Orchard Street is set to close by year end.
The Orchard Cleaner and Laundromat is counting the days to December 31, after which its lease reportedly expires. A purported rent hike for the renewal is the cause behind this latest closure. However, details regarding the percentage increase are not immediately available.
The shutter of a neighborhood laundromat represents yet another loss of a utilitarian mom-and-pop that serves the community. Meanwhile, locals fear that the large space will just become another bar or restaurant, especially given its proximity to the Jarmulowsky Bank hotel down the block.